The Annenberg Center To Host Israel’s Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak Dance Company’s Tim Burton-Esque Performance Oyster, February 9-11

February 2, 2012

Written by Deni Kasrel

Crack open Oyster, presented by Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak Dance Company at the Annenberg Center on February 9-11, and you’ll discover a bizarre fantasy world.

With obvious nods to both Fellini and Tim Burton, the show presents a circus set-up where beauties and freaks vie for your attention.

The characters inhabit surreal scenes where mimes, acrobats and ballerinas become puppets and puppeteers. It’s a dark yet whimsical place that will surely capture your attention, because you’ve not likely seen contemporary dance quite like this.

The Israeli-based Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak Dance Company has an international reputation for innovation, and Oyster is a shining example of their individual style that presents stellar physical prowess within a highly theatrical and visual production. They’re musical collagists, too; Oyster’s score includes opera (Pagliacci), tango (Piazzolla), Harry James, Yma Sumac and Tuvan throat singers.

The troupe made its Philadelphia debut at the Annenberg Center in 2008 and it’s great to have them back to entrance us once more. This is dance-theater you won’t soon forget. Get tickets online.

Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak Dance Company’s Oyster
Where: Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street
When: February 9-11
Cost: $20-$75
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